Chris Wondolowski made history on Saturday, equaling the single-season goalscoring record in Major League Soccer. His goal against the Portland Timbers marked his 27th of the season, which ties Roy Lassiter's record.
Wondolowski scored a penalty in the 24th minute. Steven Lenhart lifted the ball over Donovan Ricketts, who had rushed out of his box. Ricketts chased back and tackled Lenhart, who fell to the ground. Wondolowski drilled the penalty low and to the left for his record-tying goal.
Wondo has scored five of his seven penalties this season.
The goal also broke the MLS record for points (goals and assists). Jason Kreis scored 18 goals and added 15 assists in 1999. Wondolowski has seven assists this year.
Roy Lassiter's record of 27 goals for the Tampa Bay Mutiny (which he scored in only 30 games, two fewer than it took Wondolowski) had stood since 1996, MLS's inaugural season.
Wondolowski's rise has been steep. In 2009 when he transferred back to the San Jose Earthquakes, the Bay Area native had scored four goals in four and a half MLS seasons. In the last three years he has scored 18, 16 and 27 goals, respectively, helping put him on the U.S. national team player pool.
Also, his salary has increased nearly tenfold, his meager $34,650 earned in 2009 swelling to $300,000 this season. Wondolowski does not employ an agent.
Wondo's 27 individual goals means he outscored Chivas USA, which only mustered 22 goals all year.
With the 29-year-old leading its offense, San Jose won the Supporters' Shield prior to the 1-1 draw with Portland and enters the playoffs with the top seed.
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